Festival

The Salish Sea Lantern Festival is underway on the Saanich Peninsula for the first time since 2019. The windup event happens this Saturday (Aug. 20) in Sidney. (Photo by Bob Orchard)

Salish Sea Lantern Festival lights up Sidney

Organized by ArtSea, event celebrates art, culture, light and community

 

Fernie Brewing Co. Victoria rep Monique Le Sage, left, and Michelle Le Sage. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Organizers, craft brewers and food vendors pour their hearts into Island festival

Sold-out crowd enjoys taste treats and camaraderie at Cowichan Craft Beer Food Festival

 

Sober Fest is coming to the South Vancouver Island Rangers’ property in Langford later this month. (Black Press Media File)

New festival coming to Langford sells out within days

Sober Fest is focused on providing a safe space while raising funds for those living with addiction

Sober Fest is coming to the South Vancouver Island Rangers’ property in Langford later this month. (Black Press Media File)
The Fibrations Festival, held last year in Fairfield’s Porter Park, returns Aug. 21 to a new location at Stevenson Park in Fernwood. Organizers expect this 11th edition to be bigger than ever. (Courtesy of Ryan Davis)

Fibrations festival relocates to Victoria’s Fernwood neighbourhood

Fibre artists, crafters and more gather in Stevenson Park for 11th festival Aug. 21

The Fibrations Festival, held last year in Fairfield’s Porter Park, returns Aug. 21 to a new location at Stevenson Park in Fernwood. Organizers expect this 11th edition to be bigger than ever. (Courtesy of Ryan Davis)
Sand sculptors spent multiple days working on their sculptures at the Cadboro Bay Festival in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Sand sculpting competition returns to Cadboro Bay

Sun, sand, singing and bouncy castles

Sand sculptors spent multiple days working on their sculptures at the Cadboro Bay Festival in Cadboro-Gyro Park. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Dragon boat teams paddle toward the finish line Saturday during the first day of the inaugural Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Festival. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Inaugural dragon boat festival makes splash in Victoria

The Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Festival continues Sunday

Dragon boat teams paddle toward the finish line Saturday during the first day of the inaugural Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Festival. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival

Your go-to guide: 8 ways to enjoy Parksville Beach Festival this August!

Activities for all ages continue at Parksville’s Community Park through Aug. 21

  • Aug 1, 2022
One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival
The Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is coming soon. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Island’s second largest craft beer and food festival in Chemainus Aug. 13

Large organizational effort already well along in the details

The Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is coming soon. (Photo by Don Bodger)
George Johnson shows off a tub racing hat from the early 1970s. The hat is fitted with ear phones and has pockets that contained a radio and batteries, so safety crews and race officials could listed to reports on the race progress. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Rub-a-dub-dub: Nanaimo family keeping up 55-year tradition of tub racing

Johnson family’s old racing tub being refurbished to enter Sunday’s Nanaimo bathtub race

George Johnson shows off a tub racing hat from the early 1970s. The hat is fitted with ear phones and has pockets that contained a radio and batteries, so safety crews and race officials could listed to reports on the race progress. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Langford Beer Festival attendees cheers before sampling some B.C. craft beer Saturday at Starlight Stadium. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Langford Beer Festival sells out inaugural edition

Starlight Stadium filled with more than 2,500 people Saturday

Langford Beer Festival attendees cheers before sampling some B.C. craft beer Saturday at Starlight Stadium. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
An artist works on his sand sculpture on Day 2 of the 2018 Parksville Beach Festival’s sand sculpting competition. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville sandcastles makes grand return this weekend after 2-year absence

Sand sculpting competition theme is the ‘Roaring Twenties’

An artist works on his sand sculpture on Day 2 of the 2018 Parksville Beach Festival’s sand sculpting competition. (PQB News file photo)
At the heart of the Parksville Beach Festival is the Sand Sculpting Competition, attracting professional sculptors from all over the world.

Sun, sand + celebrations: Festival brings international sand sculptors to Parksville

Parksville Beach Festival returns July 14 to Aug. 21 with activities for all ages

  • Jun 13, 2022
At the heart of the Parksville Beach Festival is the Sand Sculpting Competition, attracting professional sculptors from all over the world.
Live music accompanied the dance performances at Mabuhay Day in downtown Victoria in 2019. The annual celebration of Filipino culture returns to Centennial Square this weekend, June 11 and 12. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mabuhay! Filipino celebration returns this weekend to Victoria

Centennial Square will be filled with music, food, and arts Saturday and Sunday

Live music accompanied the dance performances at Mabuhay Day in downtown Victoria in 2019. The annual celebration of Filipino culture returns to Centennial Square this weekend, June 11 and 12. (Black Press Media file photo)
The James Bay Athletic Association and Vancouver Rowing Club rugby teams battle it out in a line-out during a match for the Ferguson Cup at MacDonald Park in Victoria. The association will be hosting its first-ever Spot Prawn and Fiddle Fest June 12 at the park. (Black Press Media File Photo)

1st ever Spot Prawn and Fiddle Fest coming to James Bay

The free event running June 12 will feature food, music, and rugby demos

The James Bay Athletic Association and Vancouver Rowing Club rugby teams battle it out in a line-out during a match for the Ferguson Cup at MacDonald Park in Victoria. The association will be hosting its first-ever Spot Prawn and Fiddle Fest June 12 at the park. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Dancers with the Luna Ukrainian Ensemble put on a colourful floral performance at Folktoria on Saturday (June 4) in Centennial Square. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Folktoria brings multicultural experience to downtown Victoria

Free festival in person for first time in 3 years, continues Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dancers with the Luna Ukrainian Ensemble put on a colourful floral performance at Folktoria on Saturday (June 4) in Centennial Square. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Members of the Canadian Forces Skyhawks parachute team performing a ‘three-stack drag’ in a previous show. The team performs over Victoria twice this holiday weekend. (Courtesy Skyhawks Canada)

PHOTOS: Victoria Day weekend participants ready to soar

Canadian Forces Skyhawks will light up the skies Saturday and Sunday

Members of the Canadian Forces Skyhawks parachute team performing a ‘three-stack drag’ in a previous show. The team performs over Victoria twice this holiday weekend. (Courtesy Skyhawks Canada)
A pirate ship fires its ‘canons’ as it makes its way past hundreds of spectators during the 2022 Esquimalt Buccaneer Days parade Saturday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Esquimalt Buccaneer Days draw hundreds after two-year break

Saturday’s parade, carnival and art market, with the fun continuing Sunday

A pirate ship fires its ‘canons’ as it makes its way past hundreds of spectators during the 2022 Esquimalt Buccaneer Days parade Saturday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Parksville Beach Festival Society has unveiled a list of sculptors who will compete in the first event since 2019. The festival runs from July 14 to July 17 and is open to the public on July 15. (File photo)

World invited back to Parksville beach as sandcastles poised to make a return

Parksville Beach Festival Society unveils sand sculptor list for 2022

Parksville Beach Festival Society has unveiled a list of sculptors who will compete in the first event since 2019. The festival runs from July 14 to July 17 and is open to the public on July 15. (File photo)
The Luxton Spring Fair is returning to Langford this May long weekend after a two-year pause during the pandmic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Luxton Spring Fair returns to Langford May long weekend

After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the fair is back with rides, games and historical demos

The Luxton Spring Fair is returning to Langford this May long weekend after a two-year pause during the pandmic. (Black Press Media file photo)